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9:45 AM ET, March 7, 2017


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Ezra Klein / Vox:
The GOP health bill doesn't know what problem it's trying to solve  —  After seven years of drafting a replacement plan, we get ... this?  —  Have you read Sarah Kliff's thorough look at the GOP Obamacare replacement?  You have?  Good.  Some thoughts.  — Little in politics shocks me.
CNN/ORC poll: Public splits on revoking individual mandate  —  Washington (CNN)Americans are sharply divided on revoking Obamacare's mandate that individuals obtain health insurance coverage, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, a change that's a key provision of a newly-released Republican plan to repeal and replace the 2010 law.
Discussion: Washington Times and Politico
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Conservatives pan House Obamacare repeal bill  —  A handful of House conservatives on Monday evening criticized GOP leadership's newly released Obamacare replacement bill, foreshadowing trouble for the repeal effort even after leaders tried to assuage the far-right.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Column The GOP's Obamacare repeal plan is out—and it's even worse than anyone expected  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, perpetrator of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill.  (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)  —  After weeks of expectations — actually, nearly seven years of expectations …
Statement on Introduction of the American Health Care Act  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on introduction of the American Health Care Act: … Click here to read the bill.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Republican Obamacare plan signals that liberalism has already won  —  In releasing their healthcare plan on Monday, House Republican leaders sent a signal loud and clear: liberalism has already won.  —  Barring radical changes, Republicans will not be passing a bill that ushers in a new era of market-based healthcare.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Chaffetz: Americans May Have To Choose Between New Phone, Health Insurance  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday morning brushed off concerns about the access low-income Americans will have to health insurance with Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare, arguing that Americans …
Discussion: CNN, CNNMoney and Eschaton
Avik Roy / Forbes:
House GOP's Obamacare Replacement Will Make Coverage Unaffordable For Millions — Otherwise, It's Great  —  That's not an ironic headline.  Leading House Republicans have included a number of transformative and consequential reforms in their American Health Care Act, the full text of which was published Monday evening.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
House Republicans release long-awaited plan to replace Obamacare
Wall Street Journal:
House GOP Releases Plan to Repeal, Replace Obamacare
Discussion: Instapundit
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP releases bills to repeal and replace ObamaCare
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
4 GOP senators demand to keep Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Mediaite
Austin Wright / Politico:
McCain on Trump's wiretap claim: 'I haven't seen anything like this'  —  Sen. John McCain on Monday demanded the release of any evidence backing up President Donald Trump's claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in the run-up to the presidential election …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea says it was practicing to hit U.S. military bases in Japan with missiles  —  TOKYO — North Korea was practicing to strike United States military bases in Japan with its latest barrage of missiles, state media in Pyongyang reported Tuesday, and it appears to be trying to outsmart …
THAAD missile defense system arrives in South Korea
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
While You Weren't Looking, the Democrat-Media Election-Hacking Narrative Just Collapsed  —  That supposed FBI investigation of collusion with the Russians?  Never mind . . .  They're in retreat now.  You may have missed it amid President Trump's startling Saturday tweet storm …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Trump plan pays for immigration crackdown with cuts to coastal, air security  —  The Trump administration wants to gut the Coast Guard and make deep cuts in airport and rail security to help pay for its crackdown on illegal immigration, according to internal budget documents reviewed by POLITICO …
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson doubles-down: Slaves were ‘involuntary immigrants’  —  Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson doubled-down Monday on his description of slaves as immigrants, arguing that the label fits anyone who comes into a country from the outside - even “involuntary immigrants.”
Katie Glueck / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Can Ronna Romney McDaniel unite a fractured Republican Party?  —  WASHINGTON  —  On the night before the election, Pete Hoekstra stood onstage at a Michigan convention center, introducing the lineup of speakers at Donald Trump's final rally of the campaign.
Guy Benson /
Senate Democrat Who Claimed Hard Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion: Uh, Never Mind  —  Liberal Delaware Sen. Chris Coons caused a stir last week when he indicated during a televised interview that yet-undisclosed transcripts of recorded phone conversations conclusively prove that elements …
Press Release:
ExxonMobil Plans Investments of $20 Billion to Expand Manufacturing in U.S. Gulf Region  — New projects expected to create more than 45,000 high-paying jobs across the region and thousands more through multiplier effect  —  Dateline:  —  HOUSTON  —  Public Company Information:  —  NYSE:
John Crudele / New York Post:
Why Dems will regret a probe into Russian election hacking  —  MORE FROM:  —  The investigation of Russian interference in the US election could turn into a big headache for the Democrats.  The phrase “Be careful what you ask for” comes to mind.  —  For months before the presidential election …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Ancient Laws of Unintended Consequences  —  Eight years of a fawning press have made the Left reckless.  —  The classical idea of a divine Nemesis ("reckoning" or “downfall") that brings unforeseen retribution for hubris (insolence and arrogance) was a recognition that there are certain laws …
Discussion: Instapundit
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Obamacare replacement politics ... RAND PAUL joins with Freedom Caucus …
Masha Gessen / NYR Daily:
Russia: The Conspiracy Trap
George Bennett / Post On Politics:
Donald Trump's Florida presidency: 241+ hours in Sunshine State
Discussion: The Hill
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn't Ready for Its Dark Side
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
IBD/TIPP Poll: Public Turned Off By Media's Relentlessly Negative Coverage Of Trump
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Inside the store
Chicago Tribune:
Chance the Rapper writes $1 million check to CPS as a ‘call to action’
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mashable and The Root
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The disappearing Sean Spicer
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Fox's ‘Last Man on Earth’ Kills Entire Trump Administration (Video)
Fox News:
Greg Gutfeld: Remembering Andrew Breitbart — Random thoughts on the fifth anniversary of his death
Discussion: Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Tells Planned Parenthood Its Funding Can Stay if Abortion Goes
Rachel Roberts / The Independent:
Ukranian businessman with links to Donald Trump and Russia dies in unexplained circumstances
Discussion: Progress Pond